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    Ibrahimović, Messi, 8 Others Battles for FIFA Puskás Award

    FIFA on Monday announced its shortlist for this year’s Puskas Award.
    Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend and Brazilian Matheus Cunha, who plays as a winger for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig will vie with Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    Townsend’s stunning volley against Manchester City at the Etihad last term is one of the 10 contenders announced by world football’s governing body.

    Townsend’s effort was the Premier League goal of the season in 2018-19, as awarded by Match of the Day.

    The Cameroonian Anjara Njoya who plays for Norwegian club Vålerenga will also battle Zlatan and Messi courtesy of her strike on international duty against New Zealand on 20 June 2019.

    She also scored a superb goal against Avaldsnes in a 2-2 draw in the Norweigian League.

    Njoya dribbled past three defenders before firing her effort to the top corner of the net. The goal was adjudged the best goal in the Norwegian top-flight and now on FIFA Puskas list.

    Barcelona superstar Messi registered his name on the list with his stunning chip against Real Betis in La Liga back in March.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s acrobatic volley for LA Galaxy against Toronto last September is also included, as is a remarkable mid-air backheel by Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, similarly notched last September.

    Liverpool’s Mo Salah won the award last year for his virtuoso goal against Everton in the Premier League.

    The list released by FIFA for this year’s Puskas Award contained the following names:

    • Matheus Cunha
    • Zlatan Ibrahimovic
    • Lionel Messi
    • Ajara Njoya
    • Fabio Quagliarella
    • Juan Fernando Quintero
    • Amy Rodriguez
    • Andros Townsend
    • Daniel Zsori
    • Billie Simpson.

    However, voting is open until 1 September.
    Public votes will decide the top three, while FIFA Legends will decide the #Puskas Award winner.
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